Three easy ways to legally
acquire free digital TV channels with a simple antenna:
Free Digital TV Channels - Over The Air
We all want to reduce our bills and watch TV for
free. Sure you can find some online TV shows but can you
watch full screen digital TV for free without buying an
expensive HD antenna? Absolutely! Learn how to choose
the best TV antenna for your situation and so much more!
There are a few ways to watch crystal clear HDTV for
free so lets have a look at a few and see what the
easiest way to start watching free TV is.
- Over The Air – OTA
antenna, in or above your home. Simple and inexpensive
setup for free digital TV reception.
- Free To Air – FTA
(preferably motorized) dish or multiple dishes. More
expensive, requires skill in setting up.
- Internet TV –
Many of the C-band FTA
and Ku-Band satellite stations can be found on the
Internet - many non-English.
Over The Air (OTA)
free TV signals have been
changed from Analog to Digital. In the United States,
the switch happened in 2009 and Canada followed suit on
August 31st 2011. Keep in mind that digital doesn’t
necessarily mean all channels will be HD. Free High
Definition TV channels do require digital broadcasting
to send High Def “Over The Air" but don’t expect every
channel be transmitted in High Def as many stations are still SD
(Standard Definition) digital TV.
some research at the
sites below, you will likely come to the conclusion that
OTA (Over The Air) is often the most economical
choice between FTA and OTA and frequently has a better picture quality than FTA.
The OTA TV signal you will be picking up
with your antenna from local and semi-local towers is
often uncompressed and has pure digital audio.
TVFool.com (below) will even allow you to input your
home's location and show you what digital and analog channels
you could expect to receive for free with an over the
They'll even give you a printout to help you aim your
Programming available Over The Air
is usually a little
more of what you’re used to seeing on cable TV as far as
movies, sports, local news etc. In contrast, many of the
available FTA channels are non-English programming.
Depending on where you live, you can find great
programming and unbelievable digital TV picture quality using a
rather inexpensive antenna setup to receive nearby OTA
channels. If you live farther away from the towers you
will have to purchase (new or used) a little more
expensive setup, possibly including a small mast, but
it's still all very affordable. If you live in the
middle of nowhere you likely will not have an OTA option
unless there is a tower in the vicinity, so FTA will
likely be your choice for free TV channels.
When you do discover the free OTA
channels that are HDTV you'll be blown away, the picture
quality is better than either Satellite or Cable as OTA
doesn’t use compression. Signal compression has become
the norm for satellite and cable to add more channels while
conserving precious bandwidth. OTA High
Definition TV channels are so clear it will amaze you
when you first tune one in, but even the channels
transmitting digital SDTV (Standard
picture quality is incredibly clear when using an
antenna to receive Over The Air Digital TV.
The Best OTA and
Antenna Information Sites
Choosing An OTA Antenna
Find the best
performers and get tips on installing larger
roof and attic antennas for great OTA
mapping tool for local transmitters and signal
strengths in your location. This site is
the king of OTA sites!
DIY PVR | DVR
Use the signal from your antenna, an OTA
tuner and your PC to make a Digital
Antenna & Hardware Advice
advice, reception tips and discuss OTA
hardware and general issues.
OTA DTV Forums
hardware, reception, general issues and just
about anything imaginable re: OTA.
OTA TV FAQ
Start here for
fast facts and info regarding Over The Air
TV that any beginner can use.
150 Mile Antenna?
100 and 150 mile antennas are advertised all
the time, but is it really possible or
OTA DVR | PVR
Top off your setup with a subscription free
DVR functionality including the ability to
pause, rewind and record OTA.
Build an HDTV antenna yourself for next to
nothing- why not?
They Cut The Cord
folks cut the cord and costs of cable TV
with a simple setup including a PC DVR.